In partnership with Prudence Consultancy and the Ministry of Climate Change (Government of Pakistan), the Blue Carbon Lab will estimate for the first time the potential carbon stocks of blue carbon ecosystems in the country and develop a roadmap for future opportunities to advance blue carbon knowledge in the country. The project is funded by the World Bank and will help Pakistan to integrate blue carbon ecosystems in its revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). NDCs are national climate plans highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets, policies and measures governments aims to implement in response to climate change and as a contribution to global climate action.
Pakistan has a 1,046 km coastline along the Arabian Sea, which supports coastal wetlands such as mangrove forests, saltmarshes, and seagrasses. Despite their importance to climate change adaptation and mitigation, these ecosystems have been exposed to anthropogenic impacts. Earlier this year, the Pakistan Government announced a ‘Blue Economy Policy’, which aims to develop national policies to fight climate change. As Pakistan works to enhance its climate commitments and revise its NDC with support from NDC Partnership and the Blue Carbon Lab, there is an opportunity to explore blue carbon potential.
To learn more about this collaboration, you can read this blog post from the NDC Partnership website.